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Ok, so there is so much debate about whether or not dry-firing is damaging to a gun. I've read that most new center-fire guns it's pretty harmless and good for trigger control practice. So how about practicing on my Heritage, is it ok to dry fire practice in yall's opinion? Thanks in advance!
 

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so snap caps aren't absolutely necessary? thanks!
 

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Ok, so there is so much debate about whether or not dry-firing is damaging to a gun. I've read that most new center-fire guns it's pretty harmless and good for trigger control practice. So how about practicing on my Heritage, is it ok to dry fire practice in yall's opinion? Thanks in advance!
There is no debate really..and I don't know where it started.. Dry firing a 1911 will not damage anything... Never has or will it..
 

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Also snap caps are nice for randomly mixing in with your live rounds in your magazines while target shooting. When you hit one and you aren't expecting it you really get to see whether you're flinching or snatching the trigger when you pull it and the gun doesn't go off.
 

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good to know, thanks all
 

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I have probably dry fired my DW Heritage 3 or 4 thousand times and I have not damaged it. I dry fire all my 1911s ..... a lot.

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Also snap caps are nice for randomly mixing in with your live rounds in your magazines while target shooting. When you hit one and you aren't expecting it you really get to see whether you're flinching or snatching the trigger when you pull it and the gun doesn't go off.
Thats a good tip right there...I also like to dry fire with CT laser grips and you can see if the dot moves when the hammer drops...CTs are good for instinctive pointing too...I turn/point/squeeze the button until I'm on every time at close defense range...and I recommend them on carry guns for sure...
I even fitted some to my CBOB...filled the corners with JB weld and ground them off..

Dry fire? yes! till the cows come home..it takes thousands of repetitions to develop muscle memory..Take it from someone who's been practicing guitar scales all my life...The average person takes 4000-5000 repetitions to burn the lick or scale into his memory.....

note:: I will never say CTs are to replace using your sights well but close instinctive shooting is mandatory for SD...I've seen many cop show shootouts at the length of a car where guns emptied,brass flying all over and no one was hit/stopped..You won't be looking for your sights while your soiling your pants..
 

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Most of what I've read says dry firing isn't a problem although I did read where one 1911 "specialist" mentioned it might lead to the F.P. stop cracking. Since I've gone to the trouble of fitting the EGW square bottom firing pin stops to all my 1911's, I'd like them to last as long as possible.

I didn't like the constant metal to metal contact so I made a cushion to take the hammer drops. It's quieter and makes me feel better. I used a piece of cattle ear tag with a hole punched in it. If you don't have any cattle ear tags laying around:), perhaps a piece of inner tube would work. Some folks use little "O" rings but they tend to fall out.
 

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Dry firing is OK, don't let the slide slam home repeatedly on an empty chamber.
 
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